ASA Insights
Nov. 27, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from the American Supply Association
American Supply Association
The staff of the American Supply Association and the ASA Education Foundation would like to wish all of our members and industry friends a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday. In recognition of the holiday, ASA offices will be closed Thursday, Nov. 28, and Friday, Nov. 29. Normal office hours will resume Monday, Dec. 2. More

Year-End a Great Time to Support Storehouse of World Vision
American Supply Association
As the year-end approaches, we often forget about all of the great charities that can use our assistance. ASA has partnered with The Storehouse of World Vision as one of the association’s recognized charitable organizations. Storehouse is a 501(c)3 dedicated to supporting millions of Americans who live in unsafe and inadequate housing. Some of the families served by World Vision spend more than 70 percent of their income on housing; leaving no money for home repairs even when the health and safety of their families are in jeopardy.More

WANE Announces 2014 Executive Leadership Conference
American Supply Association
The Wholesalers Association of the North East (WANE) is pleased to announce its third annual Executive Leadership Conference will take place at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge Overlooking Boston June 11-13, 2014. According to the association's newly elected president, Domenic Messina from Hajoca in Peabody, Mass., "This annual event offers a compelling opportunity for learning and discussion with engaging and knowledgeable speakers as well as the localized networking and camaraderie that are so important for the people that represent the future of their businesses and the PHCP and industrial PVF industry throughout the Northeast."More

MwDA Told Slow Growth to Continue
By Jim Olstzynski, Special to Midwest Distributors Association (MwDA)
It's like the sign in certain bars announcing, "Free Beer Tomorrow." Almost as whimsically, economists keep predicting a strong recovery in the last half of the coming year. "The recovery keeps getting pushed back," said Michael Halloran, Senior Research Analyst for Process Controls with R.W. Baird Co., keynote speaker at the Midwest Distributors Association's 2013 Annual Meeting & Dinner on Nov. 18 at football legend Mike Ditka's west suburban Chicago restaurant in Oak Brook Terrace. He told the packed audience to expect only a "slight acceleration of growth" in 2014.More

REMINDER: University of Industrial Distribution March 9-12 — REGISTER NOW
American Supply Association
A reminder that registrations are NOW being accepted for the 2014 University of Industrial Distribution. Held March 9-12 in Indianapolis, UID is a four-day institute that offers superb concentrated learning and excellent peer-to-peer networking. With distribution-specific seminars covering sales, finance, management, leadership, personnel productivity, and more presented by recognized experts in the field of wholesale distribution, the UID has become this industry's most popular training resource. The program provides an excellent opportunity to align the development plans for your management and management candidates with excellent learning opportunities.More

Beschloss: Substantial US Trade Deficit Improvement Solidifies Ongoing Shrinkage
The Beschloss Perspective
Prior to the 2008-2010 worldwide financial great recession, the U.S. monthly global trade deficit, and the quarter-annual exchange balances, which include currency strength and intellectual property values, had come close to a trillion dollars annualized. While 20% of this total reflected oil and natural gas imports, the flight of industrial production by U.S. companies to lower cost vistas also played an increasing role in this widening rift.More

Collection Strategies: What Works to Get You Paid
By Scott Wolfe
What is the biggest challenge in the construction industry? Many would answer "getting paid." Getting paid in the construction business is an art. The industry suffers from the nation's highest failure rates, works on the lowest net-profit margins and generally must deal with daily work and billing complexities that results in delays, misapplication of funds and a struggling bottom line. What works and doesn't work to get a company paid? This article will address effective collection strategies in the construction industry that work and can significantly improve your company's cash flow.More

October Construction Employment Up in 39 States YOY
Modern Distribution Management
Construction employment increased in 39 states over the past 12 months, the most widespread gains since April 2012, according to an analysis of Labor Department data from the Associated General Contractors of America. "It is encouraging that three-quarters of the states are now adding construction jobs on a year-over-year basis," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "Employment increases are still intermittent in too many states, however, and nearly all states are far below their pre-recession highs."More

Are You Trading Efficiency for Productivity?
By Michael J. Berens
One of the basic principles of a free-market economy is that markets perform better when unhampered by government regulation or oversight. It turns out the same can be said for employees. A number of workplace research studies have shown that employees perform better, have higher levels of satisfaction, take fewer sick days and are more productive when they have a greater sense of control over their work and their work environment.More

How Walmart Plans to Bring Manufacturing Back to the United States
Walter Loeb writes, "In January at the National Retail Federation's annual convention Bill Simon, president, Walmart U.S., promised to bring back manufacturing to the United States. He promised that in 10 years $50 billion in goods would again be produced in the United States. It is a great project. It would create jobs and give a boost to the economy and also to national pride. It raises my hope that not everything will be produced overseas; that we have the ingenuity to produce products in mass in the United States."More